Good Practices and Guidelines

National Digital Stewardship Alliance Levels of Preservation

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance, or NDSA, is intended to be a relatively easy-to-use set of guidelines useful not only for those just beginning to think about preserving their digital assets, but also for institutions planning the next steps in enhancing their existing digital preservation systems and workflows. It allows institutions to assess the level of preservation achieved for specific materials in their custody, or their entire preservation infrastructure.  Visit to learn more.

Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative

Started in 2007, the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative, or FADGI, is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices for digitizing historical content.

Sustainability of Digital Formats, Library of Congress

The analyses and resources presented on the Sustainability of Digital Formats site by the Library of Congress provide risk and sustainability information about digital content formats.

Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness by Katherine Skinner and Matt Schultz

Part of the NEH-funded Chronicles in Preservation Project, the Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness explicitly differentiates between the essential and the optimal in preservation readiness activities and documents the incremental steps that institutions may take to move from the essential to the optimal level of preservation readiness for their digital newspapers.